DML, while I was a critic of the combined thread, I appreciate the intention of innovating and trying to improve things, even when they don't work out.
Since Nick had done that for mechanical parts, it seemed like maybe it would work for the OT items.
Actually, I'm not real fond of the concept of the other combined thread either. I feel like the only time combining threads really works is when there are two parallel threads discussing the exact same topic. (The only reason I started the separate thread for the poll was that I don't think there is a way to add a poll to an existing thread.) I just think it gets confusing when there are multiple conversations taking place together in one space.
In any case, whatever works for the group is fine by me. Just try not to confuse me, life does enough of that already!